Zimbabwe gets WBO invite

The Zimbabwe National Boxing Board of Control recently received international recognition with an invitation to the 26th Convention of the World Boxing Organisation to be held in Budapest, Hungary later this month.

The Convention will be held on August 26-30 of August, with board chairman Paul Nenjerama and one other board member expected attend.

The World Boxing Organisation, along with the World Boxing Council, the World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation are among the top international boxing organizations in the world.

The WBO, WBA, and WBC have unification titles in which boxers can be match-maked to fight for the chance to hold all the three belts at the same time.

Gilbert Munetsi, spokesperson of the Zimbabwe National Boxing Board of Control said the convention was aimed at looking reviewing the sport’s development, its challenges and the way forward.

For Zimbabwe, the Convention offers the boxing controlling federation the chance to lobby for funding as at the moment the board does not have a secretariat to operate from due to inadequate funding.

There is also the chance to sign partnership agreements with other national federations for co-operation with regards to development, and the chance to have Zimbabwean boxers fight regularly on the international scene.

Zimbabwe has in the past few years not been attending such conventions as the sport has been dormant, but the January appointment of the Nenjerama board has brought it back on track.

Zimbabwe now has a continental champion, Charles Manyuchi, who won the Africa Boxing Union welterweight title in Burkina Faso in June. Although Manyuchi now fights from Zambia, he is licensed by the Zimbabwe National Boxing Board of Control.

Female boxer Monalisa Sibanda is on her way to Ghana where she will on August 30 also challenge for the ABU title.

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